Lay Governors Recruitment

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University of Bradford
Closing date:
14th August
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Recruitment timetable

Closing date
Sunday 14th August
Long listing
28th July
Preliminary interviews
w/c 1st and 8th August
Short listing
22nd August
Final panel
13th September


Term: The appointment will be for a first term of office of three years, commencing August 2022.

Time Commitment: Council meets seven times each year, normally September, November, February, May, and July, including a two-day residential in October and a strategic away day in April.

Salary: The role is unremunerated. Reasonable expenses incurred in the course of University business will be reimbursed in line with University policy.

Closing Date: 27th June 2022.

The University of Bradford has publicly stated the intent to become an anti-racist university that is leading the way to build a world of inclusion, ranked 1st in the country in the social mobility index and was University of Year for Social Inclusion in 2020. The University is driving towards its ambition to become the place to be to make a difference and we are looking for new members for our University Council to join us in this effort.

The University is seeking to recruit new lay (external) members to Council, the overarching governing body.  Council’s remit includes overall responsibility for the University’s mission and strategic vision, ensuring that it is effectively managed with appropriate planning for future developments, overseeing financial sustainability and compliance, plus ensuring that the interests of key stakeholders are met. 

Lay members of University Council bring to the Council’s deliberations knowledge, expertise, judgement, and balance from an independent, detached, external view.  They will possess the ability to challenge constructively and rigorously and to contribute at a strategic level, combined with the ability to listen sensitively to the views of others.

At this time, the University is particularly interested in applications from individuals with strong expertise in one or more of the following; accounting/finance; sustainability/delivering impact against the UN Sustainable Development Goals; risk management (including health and safety); fundraising and development or not for profit.

This is an exciting opportunity to play an important role in informing the University’s strategy and guiding the University towards achieving its ambitions, but also to act as an ambassador for the University and to champion the strong values for which it stands.

The University is committed to Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity and particularly welcomes applications from under-represented groups and is open to candidates for whom this would be a first non-executive role.

To find out more about this role, or for an informal, confidential discussion about the role, please contact Ross Highfield on 07891 138 886 or

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